Hearthstone Update – November 29 – Rastakhan’s Rumble!

Rastakhan’s Rumble is nigh! This Hearthstone update makes the final preparations and readies the Tavern for the arrival of Hearthstone’s newest expansion starting December 4! We’re also adding a Fireside Gatherings Pre-release event for Rastakhan’s Rumble, stocking up on Winter Veil decorations, and fixing some bugs.

Read on for details!

Rastakhan’s Rumble is NEAR!

Rastakhan’s Rumble, is a knock-down, drag-out, no-holds-barred expansion for Hearthstone featuring 135 new cards, starting December 4!

Get ready to rumble with:

  • Legendary Champions and Loa minions for all nine classes!
  • Enhance their powers with new Rare quality Spirit minion cards!
  • New keyword: Overkill! Do extra damage for powerful bonuses!
  • Rastakhan’s Rumble free single player content, Rumble Run, opens December 13.

For a limited time after Rastakhan’s Rumble begins on December 4, log in to claim 6 Rastakhan’s Rumble card packs, as well as a random Legendary Loa minion and 2 copies of the Spirit card for the same Class—FREE!

Rastakhan’s Rumble Pre-Release

Attend a special Pre-Release Fireside Gathering between November 30 at 10:00 am PST through December 3 at 10:00 am PST to open your Rastakhan’s Rumble card packs and Tavern Brawl with the new cards EARLY before the official release date! Find one at www.FiresideGatherings.com

Choose One Minions – When choosing a minion to Transform into, these cards now show the minions the card can become. Affected cards include: Shellshifter, Druid of the Claw, Druid of the Flame, Druid of the Saber, Druid of the Scythe, and Druid of the Swarm.

Rank 20 Floor – Players that achieve Rank 15 or higher during their Hearthstone career can no longer fall below Rank 20. This should ensure better matches for rank 20 to rank 25 players.

We’re getting treats and decorations for Winter Veil!

Be sure to visit the Tavern starting December 18 to cozy up by the fire for a nice round of Hearthstone!

Added the following card backs:

  • Winter Veil Treat – Acquired from Winter Veil 2018
  • Chillin’ – Acquired from winning five games in Ranked Play, January 2019
  • Pizza Stone – Acquired from winning five games in Ranked Play, February 2019
  • Rumble Runner – Acquired by successfully completing a Rumble Run

For a full list of game improvements and bug fixes, please visit www.playhearthstone.com

In this update we’re preparing the Tavern for the arrival of that monarch of the melee, King Rastakhan, and his riotous rabble of rowdy retainers in Rastakhan’s Rumble! We’ve also got gifts for our friends, new Classic cards, download improvements, bug fixes, and more!

Read on for details!

Pre-Purchase Rastakhan’s Rumble!

Pre-purchase one or both bundles and make sure your team is ready to throw down when Rastakhan’s Rumble releases starting December 4!

Rastakhan’s Rumble!

King Rastakhan won’t just be hosting the Rumble, he’ll be brawling with the best of them! When you pre-purchase this bundle, you’ll get 50 Rastakhan’s Rumble card packs, the Ready to Rumble card back, AND the new Shaman Hero: King Rastakhan!

The Challenger’s Bundle

For more budget-minded brawlers, this bundle offers 17 Rastakhan’s Rumble card packs and the Ready to Rumble card back.

100 Million Players

There are more guests in the Tavern than ever before, but there’s always room for more!

Join us by logging into Hearthstone from November 7 – November 11, play with friends, and be gifted with tokens of our appreciation!

  • Get SIX The Boomsday Project card packs just for logging in.
  • Celebrate the Players Quests. Everyone who logs in will receive a quest to play against a friend in any mode for 100 gold. This quest is repeatable up to five times for a total of 500 gold!
    • Unlike Challenge a Friend, only players with this quest in their log will receive the gold, so make sure you log in and get the quest!

New Classic Cards

The following cards can now be crafted or opened in Classic card packs:

  • Icicle
  • Tome of Intellect
  • Call of the Void
  • Pilfer

Added the following card backs:

  • Ready to Rumble – Acquired from a Rastakhan’s Rumble pre-purchase bundle.
  • Frostwolf – Acquired from winning fives games in Ranked Play, December 2018.
  • Good Cheer – Acquired from a special promotion.
  • The Third War – Acquired from the Warcraft III: Reforged promotion.

For a full list of bug fixes and gameplay improvements, visit www.playhearthstone.com

In this Hearthstone update we’re decorating the Tavern for a spooky Hallow’s End event that includes a special guest: the new Paladin Hero Sir Annoy-o! We’re also adding New Player Ranks, giving the Welcome Bundle a facelift, adding new Daily Quests, fixing some bugs, and more.

Read on for details!

Hallow’s End Returns!

The Headless Horseman returns with a Hallow’s End celebration that’s trickier and treatier than ever!

  • Hallow’s End begins October 17 and lasts through October 31.
  • Get a free golden Witch’s Cauldron card just for logging in during the event!
  • There’ll be decorations and special Hallow’s End emotes.
  • Special Dual Class Arena.
  • The Headless Horseman returns to Tavern Brawl, and friendly foes from the Monster Hunt join us for a new Tavern Brawl the following week!
  • Hallow’s End marks the arrival of a friendly new Paladin Hero who will be available for purchase as a part of a special deal!

New Player Ranks

  • For newcomers to the Hearthstone Tavern, we added New Player Ranks to ease you into the fray.
  • New Ranks from Rank 50 to 26 for new players only.
  • New players can earn a total of 22 free packs just by ranking up in New Player Ranks, so it’s a great time to introduce a friend to Hearthstone!
    • Earn 3 free Classic card packs by reaching milestones at Rank 45, 40, 35, and 30. Upon graduating up to Rank 25, earn 2 Classic card packs, and 2 packs each of the most recent four Hearthstone expansions.
  • There’s no loss of stars for losing a match while in New Player Ranks.
  • New Player Ranks earn end of season rewards (the same rewards as reaching Rank 25).
  • Players can skip the New Player Ranks (but they’ll miss out on milestone card pack rewards!)
  • New players will can unlock Wild Format and Casual mode by reaching Rank 25. As before, Tavern Brawls unlock after achieving Level 20 with any Class.

Welcome Bundle Refresh

  • This roaring deal includes 10 Classic card packs, and one of six Legendary dragons from the Classic set (instead of a random Class legendary).
  • Even if you purchased a Welcome Bundle in the past, you can still purchase this one!

New Daily Quests

  • "Spells are Fun!" Cast 40 spells. Reward: 60 gold.
  • "Draw!" Draw 20 cards. Reward: 50 gold.
  • "Full Northshire" Draw 30 cards. Reward: 60 gold.
  • "Are We There Yeti?" Take 20 turns. Reward: 50 gold.
  • "Time Warp Again" Take 30 turns. Reward: 60 gold.

New Keyword: Casts When Drawn

  • This new keyword has been added to the following cards: Nerubian Ambush!, Burrowing Mine, Bomb, Ancient Curse, Spider Ambush!, Scroll of Wonder, Darkness Candle.

Fireside Gatherings

  • Innkeepers will now be able to select one additional Fireside Brawl from a curated library of brawls to offer their patrons during their Fireside Gathering events!

For a full list of bug fixes and gameplay improvements, visit www.playhearthstone.com

This Hearthstone Update charges the nether coils as we get ready to pull the big, shiny lever that unleashes Hearthstone’s newest Expansion: The Boomsday Project, on August 7! This is also your chance to participate in cutting-edge research: drop by a special Fireside Gathering for a Prerelease Event where you can open The Boomsday Project packs and play with your new cards before the official release! This update also brings Arena updates, game mechanics updates, and a few card changes, as well as some bug fixes and feature improvements.

Read on for details.

The Boomsday Project

The Boomsday Project is an electrifying expansion for Hearthstone featuring 135 all-new cards, starting August 7!

Harness the power of SCIENCE, including:

  • New Legendary Spells for all nine Classes!
  • New keyword: Magnetic! Combine Mechs into more powerful forms!
  • Omega cards that are ULTRA powerful when played at 10 Mana!
  • The Boomsday Project's free single player content, the Puzzle Lab, opens on August 21!

For a limited time after The Boomsday Project starts on August 7, log in to claim 3 card packs and a random Class Legendary minion (or Hero card)—both from the new expansion—for free!

Get 3 more The Boomsday Project card packs FREE when you log in after The Puzzle Lab launches starting August 21.

The Boomsday Project Pre-Release Event!

Attend a Fireside Gathering Pre-Release to open your packs from “The Boomsday Project”—and play with your new cards in a special Fireside Brawl—BEFORE the official launch of the Expansion! Learn more here!

Arena Updates – Be sure to read the Developer Insights blog for details.

  • Offering bonus for Class cards reduced.
  • Offering bonus for spells and weapons reduced.
  • Rarity distribution adjusted.
  • Many cards promoted or demoted by 1 bucket based on their pick rates.
  • This will result in Arena drafts having more neutral and common cards.

Game Mechanics Updates – Be sure to read the Developer Insights blog for details.

Card Copying

Cards that create copies of other cards that are then added to different game zones have been made more consistent.

Transformation

Whenever a card transforms it loses its enchantments.

Card Changes – Be sure to read the 12.0 Game Mechanics Updates blog for details.

  • Shadowboxer now reads: Whenever a minion is healed, deal 1 damage to a random enemy.
    • Shadowboxer can be disenchanted for its full Arcane Dust value for two weeks.
  • The following Minions have changed Type:
    • Ghostly Charger – No longer has the Beast Type.
    • Ixlid, Fungal Lord – No longer has the Elemental Type.
  • Living Mana now reads: Transform your Mana Crystals into 2/2 Treants. Recover the mana when they die.

Days of the Frozen Throne

A chilly new celebration is coming!

For a full list bug fixes and gameplay improvements, visit www.PlayHearthstone.com for details!

Behold, our latest invention: The Boomsday Project! Update 11.4 introduces two different bundles to prepare you for Hearthstone’s next expansion, a spicy-new Fire Festival event, and more improvements to card consistency. YOU ALSO FACE MECHA-JARAXXUS, EREDAR LORD AND NEW WARLOCK HERO.

Ahem. Read on for details!

Two new bundles are now available for Hearthstone’s upcoming expansion, The Boomsday Project (coming August 7!)

  • Pre-purchase includes 50 The Boomsday Project card packs at a discounted price, the “Mecha-Jaraxxus” card back, and a random Golden Legendary card from The Boomsday Project!
  • The Mega-Bundle includes 80 The Boomsday Project card packs at a discounted price, the “Mecha-Jaraxxus” card back, a random Golden Legendary card from The Boomsday Project, and the Mecha-Jaraxxus Warlock Hero!
  • Players can purchase one bundle, or both!
  • Purchased card packs and accompanying Legendary card can be opened when The Boomsday Project launches.
  • The Mecha-Jaraxxus Warlock Hero and card back can be used right away.

The Midsummer Fire Festival returns soon for another scorching hot season of fun!

  • Ragnaros' Fire Festival Tavern Brawl is back! Destroy minions to upgrade your "Wow" emote with fabulous fireworks!
  • Following it up is an all-new challenging PvE Tavern Brawl with a few surprises!
  • Basic daily Quests completed during the Fire Festival event reward double gold!
  • Fire Festival-themed "Greetings" emote and box decorations!

Card Changes

  • The following minions have had their minion types adjusted:
    • Mountain Giant is now an Elemental
    • Molten Giant is now an Elemental
    • Witchwood Piper is now a Demon
    • North Sea Kraken is now a Beast
    • Jungle Moonkin is no longer a Beast
  • Art for Witchwood Grizzly has been adjusted.

General

  • Collection manager performance has been improved.
  • The initial download size of the Hearthstone client for mobile is now smaller.
  • Support for modern phones, such as the iPhone X and the Samsung Galaxy S8 & S9, has been added to utilize more available screen space.

For a full list bug fixes and gameplay improvements, visit www.PlayHearthstone.com for details!

There’s a ton going on in this update: we’re celebrating a new Hearthstone holiday, inviting you to GET IN HERE for a great deal, mopping up Toki’s timeline hijinks, updating game mechanics, AND making improvements to Arena picks! We’ll also be fixing a few bugs in the process.

Read on for details!

Taverns of Time Special Event

  • Toki has tangled the timelines! Experience chronological chaos as alternate realities collide in the Tavern!
  • Draft 28 special cards unique to the Arena.
  • Special Taverns of Time Daily Quests award both gold AND dust.
  • Taverns of Time begins June 11 and lasts through July 2.

Get in Here Bundle

  • PILE ON the packs at a special price. Unlike previous bundles, this one can be purchased any number of times!
  • This bundle includes two each of Classic, The Witchwood, Kobolds & Catacombs, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Journey to Un’Goro packs, for a total of 10 packs.
  • Get in here while the getting’s good: this bundle disappears June 19.

Free Pack Day

  • Log in on June 13 to claim a free Golden Classic Pack, filled with golden Hearthstone cards!

Game Mechanics Updates

  • Continued updates to game event timing to make card interactions more intuitive. 
  • Summon and Play triggers are now evaluated using their in-hand stats before they are affected by board modifiers and their Battlecry. 
    • Ex. Playing Faceless Manipulator targeting a 5-attack minion will no longer advance Jungle Giants.  It will be considered a 3/3.
  • Minions that enter the battlefield without being played from hand will have any (Whenever or After) summon triggers evaluated before board modifiers are applied.
    • Ex. If Azure Drake is pulled onto the battlefield adjacent to Dire Wolf Alpha it will no longer advance Jungle Giants.
  • Choose One minions that Transform now consider their transformation effects before entering play. 
    • Ex. Playing Shellshifter and selecting the 5/3 option will count as a 5-attack minion and advance Jungle Giants.

Arena Updates

  • Added several new pick “buckets” for non-Legendary cards and two for Legendary cards.
  • The new buckets are halfway in power between the existing buckets, and they’re intended to create more varied choices when drafting an Arena deck.
  • The very strongest and very weakest cards do not appear in these new buckets, so those cards will appear as picks about half as frequently as they did previously.

Evil Twin Greetings

  • When players with the same hero (except Death Knights) greet each other, new emotes will play!
     

For a full list bug fixes and gameplay improvements, visit www.PlayHearthstone.com for details!

In this small update, we’re changing a pair of Battlecry animations and tuning Arena draft rates.

Read on for details!

  • Doubled the speed of Shudderwock’s Battlecry animation.
  • Shudderwock now reproduces a maximum of 20 Battlecries. 
  • Doubled the speed of Lifedrinker’s Battlecry animation.

Arena

  • Updated the appearance rate of cards to improve class balance by win percentage. For example, Paladin had a higher than average win rate, and should now be closer to average.

Bug Fixes

  • Corrected the art on the Soul Assimilation Monster Hunt card.

We’re on the cusp of the new Hearthstone Year! This Hearthstone update puts the final touches in place for the Year of the Raven and the launch of Hearthstone’s latest expansion, The Witchwood! We’re also adding Lunara, the new Druid Hero, Daily Quest improvements, Friendly Challenge deck sharing, Arena updates, and new card backs. We’re also fixing some bugs.

Read on to learn more!

Brave The Witchwood on April 12!

Join the best monster hunters of Gilneas as they seek out the source of a dreadful curse in a haunted forest! The evil in the woods will soon learn that it’s bitten off more than it can chew, because the people of Gilneas bite back!

The Witchwood features:

  • 135 hair-raising new cards
  • For a limited time after The Witchwood arrives, log in to claim three card packs and a random class Legendary card—both from new expansion—for free!
  • New keywords: Rush and Echo
  • Even and Odd decks – Build a deck with Genn Greymane or Baku the Mooneater to boost your Hero Power, but you’ll only be able to use even- or odd-cost cards!
  • The Witchwood’s challenging, free single-player mode, Monster Hunt, opens in two weeks!
  • Time is short! The Witchwood pre-purchase bundle will remain available until 11:59 p.m. PDT on April 11. This bundle includes 50 card packs at a special price, as well as 20 more bonus card packs and the In a Dark Wood card back!

Year of the Raven

  • The Year of the Raven begins when The Witchwood launches!
  • When the new year arrives, Standard decks can be created with the following sets:
    • Basic
    • Classic
    • Journey to Un’Goro
    • Knights of the Frozen Throne
    • Kobolds & Catacombs
    • The Witchwood
  • The following sets will become exclusive to Wild:
    • Whispers of the Old Gods
    • One Night in Karazhan
    • Mean Streets of Gadgetzan
  • The following cards will go to Hall of Fame and will become exclusive to Wild:
    • Iceblock
    • Coldlight Oracle
    • Molten Giant – Molten Giant is being reduced to its original mana cost of 20.  This change happens now, and Molten Giant will move to the Hall of Fame after the release of The Witchwood.
    • Once the Year of the Raven begins, you will receive the full Arcane Dust value of these cards without needing to disenchant them (up the maximum number that can be used in a deck).

New Druid Hero: Lunara

Daily Quest Updates

Friendly Challenge Deck Sharing

  • Now you can share your decks with friends during a Friendly Challenge!
    • This feature isn’t available for Tavern Brawl or Fireside Brawl.

Noblegarden is Coming

  • We’ve begun preparing the Tavern for an egg-cellent event coming in Spring.

Added the following card backs:

  • Raise the Roof – Acquired from winning five games in Ranked Play, April 2018
  • Monster Hunter –  Acquired from completing the Monster Hunt with all four heroes and defeating the evil in The Witchwood.
  • Lunara’s Garden – Acquired from winning five games in Ranked Play, May 2018

Arena Updates

  • Moderately reduced the appearance rates of below average cards.
  • Humongous Razorleaf and Ancient Watcher will no longer appear in Arena drafts.

For a full list bug fixes and gameplay improvements, visit www.PlayHearthstone.com for details!

This Hearthstone update introduces pre-purchase for Hearthstone’s newest expansion: The Witchwood! This patch also introduces Arena gameplay updates, including all-new Arena exclusive cards that were chosen by the crowd at BlizzCon. We’ve also laid the groundwork for the new Hearthstone Year, optimized loading times, and fixed several bugs.

Read on to learn more!

The Witchwood

Prepare to join brave heroes as they embark on a hunt for the source of an eerie curse in Hearthstone’s newest expansion. Read the official blog for more details!

  • Pre-purchase now to receive 50 The Witchwood card packs. You’ll also receive the In a Dark Wood card back and 20 more The Witchwood card packs as a bonus! Use your new card back right away, and you can look forward to opening 70 card packs once the expansion arrives!

New Year Party!

  • We’ve prepared a special event for you to celebrate the upcoming Year of the Raven! More details to come soon!

Arena Updates

  • We’re trying out a new Arena format to make choosing cards more interesting and skill testing.
  • New Draft Rules: Each pick in an Arena draft will now feature 3 cards of relatively equal power level, but mixed rarities.
  • Picks 1, 10, 20, and 30 will continue to have a guaranteed Rare quality card or better.
  • The increased chance to draft cards from the most recent expansion has been removed until the launch of The Witchwood.
  • New Arena cards chosen at BlizzCon are being added to the Arena for a limited time.
  • All cards that are excluded from the Arena draft pool remain unchanged.
  • All the other existing Arena rules in place that affect appearance rates are unchanged.

Bug Fixes

Hearthstone Update 10.2

The tavern is buzzing with all the stuff that’s packed into this Hearthstone update! There’s a Ranked Play update, a Wild party, card changes, and a chance to save on packs with a new Mammoth Card Bundle! We managed to squeeze in some card backs and bug fixes too!

Whew! Read on for details!

  • Ranked Play Update – This Hearthstone update brings changes to Ranked Play, starting March 1st. Read the Ranked Play Updates blog for details!
    • Your reset will not be based on the stars you earned over the season. Instead, you’ll reset to four ranks below the highest rank you achieved during the season.
    • Players at Legend reset to rank 4, 0 stars.
    • All ranks will have 5 stars.
    • Starting in March, you will no longer earn the monthly card back by reaching Rank 20. Instead, you can earn each season’s card back by winning 5 games in Ranked Standard or Wild at any rank.
  • Card Changes – Please read the Upcoming Balance Changes blog on the official Hearthstone site for full details regarding the reasons and philosophy behind these changes.
    • Corridor Creeper – Now has 2 attack, down from 5.
    • Patches the Pirate – No longer has Charge.
    • Raza the Chained – Now reduces your Hero Power cost to 1 instead of 0.
    • Bonemare – Now costs 8 mana, up from 7.
  • Wildfest!
    • From February 19th through March 11th join us for a Wild party! Read the Wildfest blog for details!
    • Wild cards return to the Arena for the duration of Wildfest.
    • Venture into the Wild – A Tavern Brawl celebrating Wild with pre-built decks.
    • The Wild Brawliseum – A special Tavern Brawl where you’ll build and lock-in a Wild deck, and then see if you can take it to twelve wins versus other players! Three losses and your run comes to an end.
      • Your first Brawliseum run is free!
      • Additional runs are available for the same price as Arena tickets. Also like the Arena, prizes are based on number of wins, and follow the Arena reward structure.
  • Year of the Mammoth Bundle
    • For a limited time, purchase 10 packs each of Journey to Un’goro, Knights of the Frozen Throne, and Kobolds & Catacombs—a total of 30 packs!—for a special price.
  • Added the following card backs:
    • Sparkles - Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, February 2018.
    • Year of the Mammoth – Acquired from winning five games in Ranked Play, March 2018.

  • For a full list of bug fixes and updates, visit the Hearthstone Update 10.2 blog at www.PlayHearthstone.com

Hearthstone Update – December 6 – Kobolds & Catacombs Coming Soon

In this update we get ready to delve deep into an unexplored underground realm packed with malignant monsters, terrifying traps, and treasures beyond imagination, because Hearthstone’s newest Expansion, Kobolds & Catacombs, arrives starting December 7!

We also added card backs, improved reconnection for Friendly Challenges, and fixed several bugs.

Read on for details!

  • Don’t miss out! The Kobolds & Catacombs pre-purchase bundle will only remain available through December 6. This bundle includes 50 card packs at a special price and the For the Hoard! card back.
  • Hearthstone’s newest Expansion, Kobolds & Catacombs, releases beginning December 7! Log in after release to receive 3 Kobolds & Catacombs card packs and a random Legendary weapon card, FREE!
  • Kobolds & Catacombs introduces:
    • Dungeon Run: FREE repeatable single-player experience where everything you need is provided!
    • Legendary weapon collectible cards for ALL nine classes
    • A new keyword: Recruit
    • Two new card types: Spellstones and Unidentified Items
    • In total, 135 new cards to add to your collection!
  • Added three progressive Dungeon Run quests that each reward a Kobolds & Catacombs card pack*.
  • Defeat Dungeon Run with all nine classes to acquire the Candle King card back!
  • New repeating daily quest – Spelunker: Defeat 5 Dungeon Run encounters. Reward: 1 Classic card pack.
  • The Hearth and Home cinematic has replaced the previous Hearthstone cinematic.
  • Added the following card backs:
    • Azeroth is Burning – Acquired from a special promotion.
    • Catacomber – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, December 2017
    • Frostfire – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, January 2018
  • Improved reconnection and UI for Friendly Challenges.
    • A new Match Paused pop-up will display a countdown while waiting for opponent to reconnect.
    • When a player reconnects, the turn timer will restart.
    • The Game Menu will now display ‘End Game’ instead of ‘Concede’ and clicking it will tie the match.

Arena

  • Arena draft appearance rates have been adjusted.
  • Note: Non-Basic Neutral Classic minions represent the baseline for draft appearance rates.
    • Basic/classic neutral minion: .5x
    • Non-basic/classic neutral minion: 1x
    • Most recent set neutral minion: 2x
    • Basic class minion: 2x
    • Basic class spell: 3.5x
    • Non-basic/classic class minion: 2x
    • Non-basic/classic class spell/weapon: 3.5x
    • Most recent set class minion: 4x
    • Most recent set class spell/weapon: 7x
  • As part of our ongoing efforts to improve Class balance in the Arena, we are making small, periodic appearance rate adjustments to specific Arena cards.

Bug Fixes

* Make sure you’ve unlocked daily quests by completing The Duelist quest. It’s also wise to make sure that there’s room in your quest log on release day so none of your quests are replaced!

Hearthstone Update – November 6 – Kobolds & Catacombs Pre-Purchase

Legends tell of a vast underground world and the countless treasures that lie in store for worthy adventurers! In this update we’re readying your party to explore Hearthstone’s latest expansion when it arrives in December: Kobolds & Catacombs! We also fixed several bugs.

  • The Kobolds & Catacombs pre-purchase bundle is now available from the in-game Shop. This bundle includes 50 card packs at a special price and the For the Hoard card back.
  • Grab your gear and get ready for an adventure, Kobolds & Catacombs releases December 2017!
  • The Legendary card Marin the Fox and the For the Hoard card back are now available for use in-game.
  • Added the following card back:
    • For the Hoard – Acquired from the Kobolds & Catacombs pre-purchase bundle.
  • Nemsy Necrofizzle now has a unique Hero tray.
  • Nemsy Necrofizzle's Hero Power button is now animated.

For a comprehensive list of bug fixes and other notes in this update, please visit PlayHearthstone.com

Hearthstone Update – October 17 – Happy Hallow’s End

In this Hearthstone update we’re preparing the tavern for the Headless Horseman’s Hallow’s End party! We’ve also made some small but important changes to Hearthstone’s mechanics, added a new Hearthstone hero you can acquire via Fireside Gatherings, and fixed some bugs.

Read on for more information!

General

  • HA! HA! HAPPY HALLOW’S END! It’s the Headless Horseman’s favorite time of year, and he’s brought lots of tricks and treats to the tavern! From October 24 through November 6 enjoy a treat for logging in each week, a tricky new Tavern Brawl, and dual class Arenas*! Visit playhearthstone.com for details.
  • Added the following card backs:
    • Unholy – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, October 2017
    • Gone Fishing – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, November 2017
  • Fireside Gatherings
  • New Warlock Hero: Nemsy Necrofizzle – Acquired from attending a Fireside Gathering Tavern and playing a Fireside Brawl. Find a Fireside Gathering near you at firesidegatherings.com.
  • Fireside Gatherings now have their own game menu!

Gameplay & Updates

  • Hearthstone Mechanics Update – We've changed some underlying rules to prevent Wild Pyromancer from triggering off of Mindgames, and Djinni of Zephyrs from triggering off Entomb. Please check out the Upcoming Mechanics Update blog for details!
  • Several Friends List options have been bundled into a sub-menu.
  • Spells that are canceled by Counterspell will now trigger any “Whenever you cast a spell” and “After you cast a spell” effects.
  • Lord Jaraxxus no longer triggers Repentance, Sacred Trial, and Snipe.
  • Unlicensed Apothecary now reads: “After you summon a minion, deal 5 damage to your hero.” It will no longer activate from any Evolve effects.
  • It is no longer possible to cancel Choose One cards before the choices appear, this should resolve issues where the Choose One effect could be canceled too easily.
  • Hearthstone’s engine has been updated to Unity version 5.6.
  • Animations for Mimic Pod, Chromaggus, Shifting Shade, Ghastly Conjurer, and Cutpurse should no longer have a long pause.
  • Mana-cost reductions on cards such as Dragon’s Breath, Solemn Vigil, Everyfin is Awesome, and Obsidian Shard will now apply after all other mana cost changes, such as the effects from cards like Naga Sea Witch.

Arena

  • Vicious Fledgling can no longer be drafted in the Arena.
  • The first two picks in an Arena draft are no longer more likely to include synergy-based cards.
  • As part of our ongoing efforts to improve Class balance in the Arena, small appearance rate adjustments have been made to a number of Arena cards.
  • Stay up to date on Arena rules on the official forums.

For a comprehensive list of bug fixes and other notes in this update, please visit PlayHearthstone.com

* NOTE: If you have an Arena run in progress when Hallow’s End begins on October 24, then it will be retired and you’ll receive the normal rewards for the number of wins you achieved and a free Arena ticket. In the hours just before the beginning and conclusion of Hallow’s End on October 24 and November 6, it will temporarily be impossible to purchase a new Arena ticket.

In this Hearthstone update we are making balance changes to several cards.

Please read the Upcoming Balance Changes – Update 9.1 on the official Hearthstone site for full details regarding the reasons and philosophy behind these changes.

  • Card Changes
    • Innervate - Now reads: Gain 1 Mana Crystal this turn only. (Down from 2)
    • Fiery War Axe - Now costs 3 mana.  (Up from 2)
    • Hex - Now costs 4 mana. (Up from 3)
    • Murloc Warleader Now reads: Your other Murlocs have +2 Attack. (Down from +2 Attack, +1 Health)
    • Spreading Plague Now costs 6 mana. (Up from 5) 

Hearthstone Update – August 8

In this Hearthstone update we’re laying a path of frost for Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s newest expansion! We’re also making Arena rewards more consistent, changing Dreadsteed, and fixing several bugs.

Read on for details!

Knights of the Frozen Throne arrives on August 10!

  • Witness as Hearthstone’s heroes embrace the Lich King’s power to become Death Knights in Hearthstone’s latest expansion: Knights of the Frozen Throne. Knights of the Frozen Throne introduces 135 all-new cards -- including a crypt-full of undead monstrosities, a new health-draining keyword in Lifesteal, and an all-new card type: Hero cards!
  • Death Knight Hero cards – Each of Hearthstone’s nine Heroes can wield the chilling power of a Death Knight. Hero cards are an all-new card type, neither spell nor minion, that allow you to transform your existing hero into a new one, complete with a powerful Battlecry, armor, and a potent new hero power!
  • Knights of the Frozen Throne introduces free single-player Missions.
    • A new section of Missions unlocks each week until all the Missions are unlocked.
    • The Prologue and The Lower Citadel are available with the launch of Knights of the Frozen Throne.
    • Earn a free random Death Knight hero card just for facing the Lich King in the Prologue. Earn a Knights of the Frozen Throne card pack after completing each Mission section, for a total of 3.
    • Defeat the final Mission with all nine classes to earn a new Paladin hero!
  • New Paladin Hero: Prince Arthas
  • Arena Rewards: Reduced variance of rewards in Arena. In particular, reward bags will no longer contain single, non-Golden Common cards.
  • Arena Draft Change – The first two sets of cards in a draft are now more likely to include synergy-based cards.
  • Added the following card backs:
    • Blood Knight – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, August 2017.
    • Frost Knight – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, September 2017.
    • Call of the Light – Acquired from a special promotion.
    • Call of the Void – Acquired from a special promotion.
  • Card Change: Dreadsteed.
    • Dreadsteed’s text now reads: Deathrattle: At the end of the turn, summon a Dreadsteed.
  • Mistress of Pain and Wickerflame Burnbristle now use the Lifesteal keyword.
  • Fandral Staghelm’s text has been updated to reflect that he will interact with powers as well: Your Choose One cards and powers have both effects combined.
  • Changing your Hero will no longer 'refresh' your weapon swing.
  • Auchenai Soulpriest and similar effects will only trigger once when combined with Lifesteal.

Bug Fixes

  • The deck recipe "replace missing cards" UI no longer closes after every card is selected.
  • Devices with no Wifi capability will now correctly receive a no wifi error message during Fireside Gatherings.
  • Adventure bosses now correctly respond to the 'Wow' emote.
  • Several cards that interact with cards of a specific type now glow when those cards are on the board.
  • Anub'ar Ambusher no longer shows a Poisonous Keyword on mouse-over.

Hearthstone Update - June 13

In this Hearthstone update we’re fixing some bugs!

Read on for details!

  • Fixed issues that could prevent Deck Importing from functioning on mobile devices.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause a player to get stuck in their Collection Manager after copying a deck.
  • Fixed an issue that could result in a crash for an opponent.
  • Prince Malchezaar once again announces his arrival.

Hearthstone Update – June 1

In this Hearthstone update we’re adding some nifty features like Deck Importing, golden card stacking in decklists, allowing you to complete quests with friends all the time, and more. We’re also fixing a few bugs and making small improvements to the user interface.

Read on for details!

  • Deck Importing – It’s now possible to copy and import Hearthstone decklists! It’s fast and easy to share your decklist with friends, or try the latest decklist from your favorite streamer, pro, or fansite.
    • Copy a deck by selecting the hero portrait at the top in your collection and pressing the copy button.
    • Hearthstone knows when a valid decklist is copied, and you’ll be asked if you want to use it when you create a new deck.
  • Quest with friends – Most quests can now be completed during Friendly Challenges with players on your Friends list.
  • We’ve added the following card back: The Magic of Dalaran – Acquired by achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play in June.
  • When viewing “Pick a Replacement” from a deck recipe or imported decklist, the ghosted card on the left now takes you directly to Crafting mode.
  • It is now possible to refine searches in the Collection Manager with the ‘Type:’ and ‘Rarity:’ search tags.
  • Error messages received when searching the Collection Manager are now more helpful.
  • Golden cards and non-golden cards will now share the same slot in a decklist.
  • Ranked wins for each hero will now tally beyond 500.
  • Alternate Heroes, such as Maiev, will now have golden borders once 500 wins have been achieved for a Class.
  • You can now drag a golden card out of your Arena deck to "de-goldenize" it.
  • Deathwing and Bloodmage Thalnos have finally learned how to make an entrance.
  • Some game boards will become exclusive to Wild, and recently released boards will become more common in Wild matches.
  • [Mobile] It is now clearer and easier to cancel casting a spell in mobile user interfaces. No more Fireballs to the face!
  • Bug Fixes
  • Alarm-o-bots drawn by Far Sight no longer maintain their cost reduction when returned to your hand.
  • Sherazin Corpse Flower no longer counts transform minions, such as Shellshifter, twice when dormant.
  • Pyros now interacts correctly with effects like Spirit Echo and Getaway Kodo.
  • Fixed an issue where Sergeant Sally would only deal 1 damage to enemies when interacting with Crystal Core and Spiritsinger Umbra is in play.
  • Resolved several visual issues that could occur during play.
  • Resolved an issue where players could become stuck spectating.

Hearthstone Update – April 4

This Hearthstone update puts the final touches in place for the Year of the Mammoth and the launch of Hearthstone’s latest expansion, Journey to Un’Goro! We’re also adding a new Rogue Hero, paving the way for Fireside Gathering improvements, and fixing a few bugs.

Read on to learn more!

  • The Journey to Un’Goro takes brave explorers on an expedition to a primordial land packed with wonders. . . and danger! It introduces 135 all-new cards—including crackling elementals, gigantic dinosaurs, and a new card type: Quests!
  • This update completes preparations for the Year of the Mammoth. The new Hearthstone year begins once Journey to Un’Goro goes live!
  • Maiev Shadowsong, a new Rogue Hero, has emerged from the shadows! Win 10 Standard Ranked or Casual mode games after Journey to Un’Goro launches to add her to your collection.
  • This update adds functionality to support the upcoming Fireside Gatherings Tavern closed beta test.
    • Participation in the closed beta test will be limited to select Fireside Gatherings initially, but we’ll be expanding Taverns to everyone once this phase of testing is complete!
    • Taverns UI elements may be present, but non-functional, for some players while this test is under way.
  • A new tooltip displays the number of cards in your hand.
  • Improved consistency of some card text.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Jade Spirit will now correctly appear in searches using the term “Jade Golem”.
    • When Herald Volazj copies a silenced minion, the copies it creates will now correctly also be silenced.
    • Resolved an issue that would make it impossible to cast a spell that costs Health to kill your Hero, even while immune.
    • Resolved an issue that would cause casting a 0 mana cost Jade Blossom to still sometimes consume mana.
    • Nozdormu’s sandstorm visual will no longer persist if he is returned to a player’s hand.
    • Resolved several minor UI and graphics issue

Hearthstone Update – 02/28/17

The expedition begins soon! This latest update blazes a trail for the Journey to Un’Goro, Hearthstone’s latest Expansion as well as the arrival of the Year of the Mammoth and a new Standard format. This update also includes adjustments to Ranked play, Arena updates, balance changes to Small Time Buccaneer and Spirit Claws, some visual improvements and optimizations, and several bug fixes.

Whew! That’s a lot to cover, so read on for details!

  • This update begins preparations for the Year of the Mammoth celebration that kicks off at the end of March.
  • Pre-purchase for Journey to Un’Goro, Hearthstone’s latest expansion, is now available! You can pre-purchase 50 card packs and get the Fossil card back for $49.99 USD.
  • Ranked Play
    • Upon achieving certain milestones in Ranked Play, it will no longer be possible to lose ranks beyond those milestones for that season. The milestones are Rank 20, 15, 10, 5, and Legend.
  • Arena
    • Creating decks for the Arena will now feature Standard cards only. Arena runs that were started prior to the patch will still include Wild cards.
    • Rares, Epics, and Legendaries will be offered more frequently during Arena deckbuilding.
    • Spells will now show up with a higher frequency.
    • Neutral Basic / Classic cards will appear less often.
    • If you own a Golden version of a card, the first copy you draft will be Golden. If you own multiple Golden copies of a card, all copies you draft will be Golden.
  • Balance Updates
    • Small-time Buccaneer’s health reduced from 2 to 1.
    • The mana cost of Spirit Claws increased from 1 to 2.
  • General
    • Added some memory optimizations.
    • Improved matchmaking for new players.
    • We are testing an update to the account creation process for mobile players. This will minimize the overhead associated with creating a new Battle.net account, and will be available in limited release.
    • Maximum in-game music volume has been capped in order to retain the best audio quality.
    • [Android] We made some optimizations to Android distribution, allowing for a smaller install size and smoother patching in the future.
  • Bug Fixes
    • Resolved inconsistencies in the way that Small Time Buccaneer’s Attack interacts with effects such as those generated by Humility, Keeper of Uldaman, and Crazed Alchemist.
    • Resolved an issue where a Kazakus potion spell cards could appear blank when copied by a minion or spell effect.
    • Knuckles will now correctly use its effect when under the effects of Misdirection.
    • Addressed an issue with the interaction of Wrath’s card draw timing in conjunction with Daring Reporter.
    • Snipe will now correctly trigger after Potion of Polymorph.
    • Djinni of Zephyrs will now correctly copy spells buffed by spell damage.
    • Bouncing Blade will now correctly continue bouncing after clearing a Divine Shield.
    • Resolved an issue where seasonal reward cards could take a while to show up in the Collection Manager.
    • Searching the Collection Manager with a class name will now correctly display Tri-Class cards.
    • Resolved issues that could slow or stop payment authentication when using the in-game Shop.
    • Fixed many minor visual issues and some card text inconsistencies.

Hearthstone Update – July 10

In this Hearthstone Update we’re making a balance change to The Caverns Below and opening pre-purchase for Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s next expansion. We’re also changing the type of some minions, adding more card backs, and fixing several bugs.

Read on for details!

  • Pre-purchase for Knights of the Frozen Throne, Hearthstone’s latest expansion, is now available from both the in-game Shop and online! You can pre-purchase 50 card packs and get the Frostmourne card back for $49.99 USD.
  • Pre-purchased card packs and the Frostmourne card back will now appear in-game. Knights of the Frozen Throne card packs can be opened when the expansion is released in August.

  • Balance Update
    • The Caverns Below now reads: Quest: Play five minions with the same name. Reward: Crystal Core.
    • The Caverns Below is uniquely powerful versus several slower, control-oriented decks and is played often enough to push those decks out of play. While deck diversity in Ranked Play is good, a change to The Caverns Below was still warranted to help keep that trend going into the future.
    • The Caverns Below can now be disenchanted for full Arcane Dust value until July 24 PDT.
  • Arena
    • Note: Neutral cards form the basis for draft appearance rates.
    • On average, Arena runs consist of 60% Common, 28% Rare, 10% Epic, and about 2% Legendary cards.
    • Class minions are +100% more common than neutral cards.
    • Class Spells and Weapons are +175% more common than neutral cards.
    • Journey to Un'Goro cards receive an additional +50% increase in their appearance rate.
    • The following cards are unavailable in arena
      • Jungle Giants, The Marsh Queen, Open the Waygate, The Last Kaleidosaur, Awaken the Makers, The Caverns Below, Unite the Murlocs, Lakkari Sacrifice, Fire Plume’s Heart, Klaxxi Amber Weaver, Dark Arakkoa, Cult Sorcerer, Hooded Acolyte, Twilight Darkmender, Blade of C’Thun, Usher of Souls, Ancient Shieldbearer, Twilight Geomancer, Disciple of C’Thun, Twilight Elder, C’Thun’s Chosen, Crazed Worshipper, Skeram Cultist, Twin Emperor Vek’lor, Doomcaller, C’Thun, Dust Devil, Totemic Might, Ancestral Healing, Windspeaker, Sacrificial Pact, Sense Demons, Void Crusher, Succubus, Savagery, Soul of the Forest, Mark of Nature, Warsong Commander, Rampage, Starving Buzzard, Timber Wolf, Snipe, Mind Blast, Lightwell, Purify and Inner Fire.
    • Flamestrike, Abyssal Enforcer, and Vicious Fledgling will appear in drafts 50% less often.
    • Popular cards had small drop rate changes to address class balance concerns. (Note - These changes range from 1-5%. They are small enough that they are unlikely to be noticed during an individual draft, but should have enough cumulative impact to help improve class balance.)
    • We’re working to improve the Arena experience, and your feedback is always appreciated!
  • The following minions are now Elementals:
    • Jade Spirit, Djinni of Zephyrs, Flame of Azzinoth, Mana Geode, and Hallazeal, the Ascended.
  • Added the following card backs:
    • Frostmourne – Acquired from the Knights of the Frozen Throne pre-purchase bundle.
    • HearthS’mores – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, July 2017.
  • Fixed an issue that could cause Hearthstone to freeze when closing.
  • Fixed some visual issues associated with Deck Importing.

Hearthstone Update – 11/29/16

Patch 7.0.0.15590

The Tavern’s never been more rough and tumble! This Hearthstone update paves the way for the arrival of The Mean Streets of Gadgetzan, Hearthstone’s latest expansion. Join three crime families as they vie for power in the back alleys of Gadgetzan with all-new Tri-Class cards, and a gritty game board featuring each of the city’s districts. This update also adds several swanky new card backs and fixes some bugs.

Read on for details!

The Mean Streets of Gadgetzan

  • Grab your shiniest brass knuckles and get ready to rumble on The Mean Streets of Gadgetzan. Hearthstone’s latest expansion will be available beginning December 1st and includes:
    • 132 all-new cards.
    • Tri-Class cards - special neutral minions that break the rules to be included in the decks of all three classes associated with each family:
      • The Grimy Goons: Warrior, Paladin, and Hunter
      • The Kabal: Mage, Priest, and Warlock
      • The Jade Lotus: Rogue, Druid, and Shaman
    • A new game board featuring each district of Gadgetzan that’ll have you calling your friends to come out to play.
  • The following card backs have been added.
    • Jade Lotus – Acquired by achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, December 2016.
    • Grimy Goons – Acquired by achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, January 2017.
    • Kabal – Acquired by achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play, February 2017.
    • And perhaps one more card back to come, should the stars align. . .
  • A search for missing in the Collection Manager will now automatically switch you to Crafting Mode and find any cards that you are missing or don’t already own two or more copies of.
  • Several cards now properly generate a history tile when played.
  • We’ve implemented numerous AI improvements and bug fixes.
  • We fixed a client issue that could occur when playing multiple spells while Archmage Antonidas is in play.
  • We fixed a Spectator Mode issue that could occur when Raven Idol is played.
  • Various UI & text issues have been resolved.

Hearthstone Update 6.2

  • Ethereal Peddler now reads “Battlecry: If you’re holding any non-Rogue class cards, reduce their Cost by (2).” This was done to make it more clear, especially with upcoming releases.
  • The following Murlocs that affected ALL Murlocs now only affect friendly ones, to improve the Murloc mirror-match. These cards are not eligible for a full dust refund.
    • Grimscale Oracle now reads “Your other Murlocs have +1 Attack.”
    • Coldlight Seer now reads “Battlecry: Give your other Murlocs +2 Health.”
    • Murloc Tidecaller now reads “Whenever you summon a Murloc, gain +1 Attack.”
    • Murloc Warleader now reads “Your other Murlocs have +2/+1.”
  • The following bugs have been squashed:
    • Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End now properly applies the Overload effect when it casts a spell with Overload.
    • Sir Finley Mrrgglton no longer offers Lesser Heal as an option of Hero Powers to Discover when played by Tyrande.
    • Casting Entomb on a transformed minion will no longer reveal the minion’s identity if it gets drawn again.
    • Gladiator’s Longbow now properly prevents damage caused by Explosive Trap.
  • The following card back has been added:
    • Welcome Inn – Acquired by attending BlizzCon 2016 or purchasing a Virtual Ticket for BlizzCon 2016.
  • Many new daily quests have been added.

For more information, including a more comprehensive list of bug fixes, please visit our forums at www.PlayHearthstone.com

Hearthstone Update - 10/3/16

  • The following cards have been changed:
    • Call of the Wild now costs 9 mana, up from 8 mana.
    • Execute now costs 2 mana, up from 1 mana.
    • Rockbiter Weapon now costs 2 mana, up from 1 mana.
    • Tuskarr Totemic now reads “Battlecry: Summon a random basic Totem.”
    • Abusive Sergeant now has 1 Attack, down from 2.
    • Charge now costs 1 mana, down from 3, and reads “Give a friendly minion Charge. It can’t attack heroes this turn.”
    • Yogg-Saron, Hope’s End now stops casting spells when it leaves the battlefield or is silenced.
  • You will no longer be able to disenchant extra copies of cards that are not part of your collection.
  • Decks that are converted from one format (Wild or Standard) to the other will now automatically be added to the bottom of their respective list.

For more information, please visit our blog at www.PlayHearthstone.com

Hearthstone Update – 9/15/16

  • The Welcome Bundle has arrived! Purchase this one-time only bundle to receive 10 Classic card packs and a random Classic Class Legendary!
  • Added the new Priest Hero: Tyrande Whisperwind. You will be able to add the new Hero and a new card back to your collection by participating in an upcoming special promotion.
  • The following card backs have been added:
    • Tyrande – Acquired via a special promotion
    • Legion – Acquired by achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play for September 2016
    • Pie – Acquired by achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play for October 2016
  • A few deck recipes have been updated.
  • Certain cards will no longer be selectable in the Arena.
  • If you accept a Friendly Challenge while editing a deck, your deck-building progress will now be saved.
  • Resolved an issue that could cause gameplay to slow down after using the new Adventure restart feature.
  • Golden C’Thun and Mounted Raptor can now be crafted or disenchanted.
  • Medivh’s Valet can now be properly crafted or disenchanted.
  • Fixed some audio, graphical, and UI issues.

Hearthstone Update – 8/9/16

Patch 6.0.0.13921

There’s a party goin’ on right here, in this update where we celebrate Hearthstone’s newest adventure: One Night in Karazhan! So bring your good times and your laughter too, this update also adds a new game board, several new card backs and Tavern Brawls, and fixes some bugs.

Read on for details!

One Night in Karazhan: A Hearthstone Adventure

  • Let’s celebrate! Grab a drink, get your boogie on, and get ready for One Night in Karazhan! This all-new adventure will be available on August 11 and includes:
    • A free Prologue mission for you to explore which unlocks two brand new cards.
    • Journey up four unforgettable wings of the Karazhan tower fighting twelve funky bosses and completing nine new class challenges.
    • Completing One Night in Karazhan will unlock 45 all-new Hearthstone cards for your collection.
    • The grooviest new game board you’ve seen arrives to let you strut your card-playing stuff.
    • Will you survive the challenging Heroic mode for each wing?
  • The following card backs have been added:
    • Medivh’s Invitation – Acquired from achieving Rank 20 in Ranked Play for August 2016.
    • Karazhan Nights – Acquired by purchasing all wings of One Night in Karazhan within one week of launch.
    • The Blue Portal – Acquired from completing One Night in Karazhan in Heroic mode.
  • Faceless Manipulator now properly transforms into a golden copy of a golden minion.
  • Fjola Lightbane no longer leaves a Divine Shield behind when transformed.
  • Fixed a crash that would occur when you drew and played a minion very quickly at the start of your turn.
  • [Phone] Your gold amount now properly shows when you access the Shop from the Open Packs screen.
  • Your opponent's mulligan is now only revealed after you've confirmed your selection.
  • A “Restart” option has been added to make new attempts on Adventure missions more convenient.
  • Certain token minions that are summoned by playing a minion or spell card have had their base mana costs increased.
  • Fixed various audio, graphical, gameplay, AI and UI issues.